Jellicoe Road

Jellicoe Road

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Abandoned by her drug-addicted mother at the age of eleven, high school student Taylor Markham struggles with her identity and family history at a boarding school in Australia.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, 2008
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780061431838
0061431834
9780061431845
0061431842
Branch Call Number: y MARCHETTA 2008
Characteristics: 419 p. ; 19 cm

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A beautifully written, poignant book about Taylor Markham who was abandoned by her mother when she was 11-years-old. She's now 17 and grappling with her sense of identity and her family history.


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Persassy
Aug 10, 2016

how I managed to finish this book is truly a wonder

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goddessbeth
Jul 19, 2016

Why did I wait so long to read this book?! On the Jellicoe Road is absorbing, emotional, and thrilling. There's mysteries, and questions abound (both for the MC and the reader). There's a thread of magical realism and mysticism. There's romance and tension and friendship and grief. There's complex characters and simple characters, smart humor and character growth, and the charm of Australian things. (That last one may be less charming to Australian readers, but for someone who didn't know what a singlet was, or why there would be a school for orphans and arsonists in the middle of the bush, it was lovely. And educational!)

In short, it had all my favorite things, more or less. And as a result, I had a difficult time putting it down. I felt compelled to keep going, and definitely tied up with the MC, Taylor, even though she's rather spiky and cold sometimes. There are urban truths in here, too, that it's difficult not to flinch away from. And so much raw vulnerability at times, it hurt.

I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys lyrical fiction with a bit of mystery, intelligent contemporary YA, ensemble casts that are all very realized characters, and character-driven narratives. Also, Australia.

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tenten5
Jun 21, 2016

Excellent read. It will haunt you for sure.

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RogueJen
Jun 17, 2016

This is a moving story which is ostensibly about Taylor Markham, a seventeen year old with only vague memories about her childhood, but is really more about friendship and tragedy and love. It's a bit hard to follow at the beginning because the story jumps around in time and is not linear. It is totally worth reading through though - a lovely story.

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jodoyle
Aug 07, 2015

This book was so wonderful. It has that air of mystery that adds to the fun of reading, and real people that you can't help but connect with.You get so emotionally involved with the characters, more than you realize until you reach the end. Really, by the end, at least for me, you're just left a little speechless. Everyone should give it a read.

booklady413 May 07, 2015

Well written young adult novel about loss and reclaiming what and who we love.

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julia_sedai
Jul 31, 2014

I recommend this book to every teenager and older. I read it as an adult and it is amazing. Marchetta is fantastic. There are two plot lines going on which is intriguing at the beginning, but everything resolves by the end and it makes sense. The characters all seem so real and there were parts of the book that made me tear up. I can't believe I missed this one as a teenager. I wish I had read it sooner.

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YouthlibrarianGWD
Jul 17, 2014

This book takes a while to figure out. I was unsure if it was fantasy at first or all flashbacks or... Stick with it, it is an interesting tale, very well written, and unique.

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Emma_Sophia
Jul 17, 2014

Unusual mystery. Believable characters. Fast-paced.
I'd give this book 8/10 stars. This was a very compelling read. Marcheta writes with unusual style—somewhat similar to Randsom Riggs’ in that both these of these authors write in a sort of surreal, perhaps fairy-tale-esque tone, even when the book itself is realistic fiction. This is especially true of the experts from Hannah’s manuscript. Overall, readers can connect to the characters, even if they’re not always likable, and the plot is engaging. Gut Reaction: Really good book, but when reading it, it can feel really confusing due to the number of characters and the sections of Hannah’s novel placed unannounced throughout the text.
What you hated: there were a few plot holes that caught my attention, ranging from small
*SPOILER ALERT*
(character using cell-phones after readers were told there was no service), to large (the author refers to one character killing another even when the author didn't make that clear in the first place).
This book reminded me both of Randsome Riggs’ Miss Perigrine’s Home for Pecular Children, in addition to Jonathan Safran Foer’s work because they have similar, if a little odd, styles.
Who would like this book: mystery book lovers, people who like books within books
Websites of Interest (book trailer, publisher’s websites, author blog, etc.):
-Melina Marcheta’s blog: http://melinamarchetta.wordpress.com/
-Website: http://www.melinamarchetta.com.au/
-Publisher’s site: http://www.penguin.com.au/contributors/1171/melina-marchetta
-At this point, there is no movie of Jellicoe Road, but according to Marcheta’s blog there is a script written, and several locations are being considered for filming.

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katrinka28
May 30, 2014

I realize I am a late arrival to the Jellicoe Road party, but there was an Amazon deal for $1.99 ebook and I am a sucker for a Printz Award winner. This novel did not disappoint on both counts (worth way more than the price I paid and definitely prize-worthy). The story blended dream sequences with a flash-back story and the story of a girl trying find herself in the modern day. Now normally, this would have annoyed and confused me, even writing it out, I found myself confused. While I do agree that the style does take some getting used to, I found myself trying to constantly piece things together in my head. It was unique, novel and engaging. The main protagonist, Taylor, is both likeable and sad at the same time (great combo for many younger readers). And, if you can get past the initial confusion of where the story is coming from, it is a totally worthy read. I loved it and will be buying a copy for my classroom!

My favorite quote: "Because being part of him isn't just anything. It's kind of everything."

Recommended if you love: contemporary fiction, angsty teen drama, real-life stories, a bit of magic (the real kind), great characters, a little mystery

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